Moodle FAQs


What is Moodle?

Moodle is a learning management system (LMS) that can be used for creating course websites, online quizzes, exams and forums.

Should I use Moodle or Sites (Wordpress)?

Both Moodle and Sites (WordPress) can be used for creating course websites. To help you decide which you should use, see our Course Management Overview.

How do I log into Moodle?

Log into Moodle with your Middlebury username and password.

I am having trouble editing/grading/viewing my Moodle site, what web browser should I use?

Updated versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari work well.

Create Your Moodle Courses

How do I create a course site in Moodle?

Create a Moodle course site through Course Hub. Step by Step Instructions

How do I reuse a previous Moodle course?

You can reuse a previous Moodle course by using the Import tool. Step by Step Instructions

How do I create one Moodle site for all sections of my course?

Create a new Moodle site via the Course Hub for one section, then link the Moodle course to your other sections. Step by Step Instructions

Edit Your Moodle Course

How do I upload a file to Moodle?

Turn editing on, then click and drag one or more files from your computer directly under the desired week in Moodle. When possible, upload PDFs. Alternatively, you can add files one at a time by turning editing on and adding a File resource. Step by Step Instructions

How do I add a video (e.g., YouTube, MiddMedia)?

For a MiddMedia video, paste the video's URL anywhere in Moodle. For a YouTube video (or other online video), copy and paste the embed code into an HTML field in Moodle. Step by Step Instructions

What is the News Forum?

The News Forum is a forum where the teacher can post general class announcements. Students will receive email notifications whenever a new item is posted. Only teachers can post to the News Forum; if you'd like students to contribute to online discussions, add another Forum to your Moodle course. Step by Step Instructions

How do I customize the weeks/sections of my course?

Go to your course's Edit Settings link to change the number of weeks/sections in your course or the course start date. Step by Step Instructions

Edit the summary of an individual week/section to customize that section's name and summary. Step by Step Instructions

How do I add/remove blocks from the sidebar?

After turning editing on, you will see options to add, remove, or reorganize the order of your course blocks. Step by Step Instructions

Student Access

How will my students find my Moodle Course Site?

Students can get to your Moodle site from the CourseHub.

How do I give students access to my Moodle Course Site?

1-2 days after students register for your course in Banner, they will be automatically added to your Moodle course. Once you are ready for your students to view your Moodle course, change its visibility settings from Hide to Show.

Why can't my students see my Moodle course?

By default, new Moodle course sites are not visible to students. Once you are ready for your students to view your Moodle course, change its visibility settings from Hide to Show.

My student is registered for my course in Banner, but her name was not added to my Moodle site. Why?

Students will be added to your Moodle course automatically 1-2 days after they register for the course in Banner. If the student is unable to access the course after 1-2 days, contact the Help Desk.

How do I add an auditor to Moodle?

Students must register in the course as auditors in Banner. 1-2 days after they register, they will have access to Moodle. If the auditor is not a currently enrolled Middlebury student, they must get permission from both the instructor of the course and the Registrar's Office before they can be added to the auditors list. Complete rules on auditing a course can be found in the College Handbook under Academics, Course Registration and Conduct of Courses Section D. Audits.

How can another instructor or guest view my Moodle course site?

Please send a request to the Helpdesk (helpdesk@middlebury.edu, 802.443.2200) with the individual's name and email address, and a link to your Moodle course.

How do I give a faculty member access to Moodle placement exams?

Access to placement exams are managed by the faculty and Academic Coordinators in the department. Follow these steps to grant access to placement test attempts.

Your Moodle Experience

How do I manage my email notifications?

Customize your Messaging settings in your Moodle Profile. Step by Step Instructions


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